The Tick Tock Club raises £10 million towards brand new surgery centre

Grahame Chilton, Chief Executive of Arthur J. Gallagher, visited Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) to celebrate raising £10 million towards a brand new surgery centre at the hospital.

His visit marks the end of the third Tick Tock Club appeal. The Tick Tock club is a philanthropic group of individuals, trusts, foundations and companies who pledge significant donations to help fund Great Ormond Street Hospital’s most urgent needs.

A brand new surgery centre

The new surgery centre which is due to open next year will be named The Dorfman Surgery Centre in recognition of a transformational £2 million gift to the Tick Tock Club appeal from The Dorfman Foundation. It will consist of two new integrated operating theatres, two anaesthetic rooms – enabling parents to stay with their child until they are asleep – and a 48 bed, surgical inpatient ward in the Mittal Children’s Medical Centre, due to complete next Autumn.

Lloyd Dorfman CBE said: “Our family are delighted to be involved in the building of a new surgery centre at Great Ormond Street Hospital. We have had personal experience of using the hospital and could not be more grateful for everything they did for us. The hospital is a world-class institution and the surgery centre will enable more children to receive the best possible treatment.”

The fourth Tick Tock Club Appeal

Mr Chilton was joined by London based theatre producer Rosemary Squire OBE who has been appointed as chair for the fourth Tick Tock appeal which is due to start early next year.

Since it was established in 2006, the Tick Tock Club has so far raised more than £30 million for the hospital across three appeals. The Tick Tock Club (named after the clock swallowed by the crocodile in JM Barrie’s Peter Pan) aims to raise money by asking individuals, trusts, foundations and companies to pledge £75,000 over three years.

Tim Johnson, Chief Executive at Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity said “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Grahame Chilton, the Appeal Board and all those who have played a vital role in the Tick Tock Club so far. Thanks to their dedication we have been able to raise £30 million for the hospital, helping to make a huge difference to the lives of patients and families treated at the hospital.”

Rosemary Squire OBE, who is also the Founder of The Ambassador Theatre Group, will lead a new board of volunteers including celebrity hair colourist Louise Galvin for the fourth Tick Tock Club appeal to raise £10 million towards an IMRI (Intraoperative Magnetic Resonance Imaging) suite at the hospital.

This vital facility, will enable neurosurgeons at GOSH to conduct scans mid-operation for the first time, without taking the child away from the operating table. It will transform brain surgery by giving surgeons real time data to ensure they can deliver the best outcome for each patient as well as limiting the need for further surgery.

Rosemary Squire’s new appointment as Tick Tock Club Chair follows years of support for GOSH including leading the ‘Theatres for Theatres’ appeal from 2010–2014 which saw the London theatre community come together to help to raise funds towards new operating theatres at the hospital.

Membership of the Tick Tock Club

Membership of the Tick Tock Club brings a unique insight into the pioneering work of the hospital, with the chance to meet other members and key paediatric specialists and researchers on hospital tours and at charity gatherings, and regular updates on how members’ support is having an impact on the lives of the hospital’s patients, families and staff.

For more information about Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and the Tick Tock Club: